In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02318660 ||OLMETEC 20MG TABLET|
|02318679 ||OLMETEC 40MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Olmesartan belongs to the class of medications called angiotensin II receptor blockers. It is used to reduce blood pressure by blocking the actions of a chemical (angiotensin II) that causes blood vessels to constrict or tighten. It is used to treat mild to moderate high blood pressure. Your blood pressure may start to decrease within 1 to 2 weeks of starting this medication. Olmesartan may be used alone or in combination with a diuretic (water pill).
When blood pressure is allowed to remain high for a long time, the blood vessels of the heart, kidneys, and brain may become damaged. This puts a person at increased risk for heart attack and stroke as well as kidney failure and blindness. Keeping blood pressure in the normal range can reduce the risk for these conditions.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
For adult patients, the usual recommended starting dose of olmesartan is 20 mg once daily. Your doctor may recommend a dose increase of olmesartan to 40 mg daily if your blood pressure remains too high. Olmesartan may be taken with or without food, but should be taken in the same manner each day.
For pediatric patients, between the ages of 6 and 16 years of age, the usual dose is based on weight. Children weighing between 20 kg to less than 35 kg should receive 10 mg once daily up to a maximum of 20 mg daily. The dose for children weighing more than 35 kg is 20 mg once daily. Olmesartan may be taken with or without food, but should be taken in the same manner each day.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white, round-shaped, film-coated tablet debossed with "C14" on one side contains olmesartan medoxomil 20 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, talc, and titanium dioxide.
Each white, oval-shaped, film-coated tablet debossed with "C15" on one side contains olmesartan medoxomil 40 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, talc, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use olmesartan if you:
- are allergic to olmesartan or any ingredients of the medication
- have diabetes or kidney disease and are taking aliskiren
- are breast-feeding
- are pregnant or may become pregnant